Australia is burning. Since last year, many regions of Australia have been devastated by large and ongoing wildfires. Rural and coastal regions around the country — but especially in the state of New South Wales — have suffered from mammoth bushfires that have caused loss of homes, loss of wildlife and, sadly, deaths.

Even in a country known for its hot summers, the 2019/2020 bushfire season has brought unprecedented destruction. Over 6.3 million hectares of land has been burned — with experts predicting even more to come.

Australians and those from overseas have banded together to support the recovery efforts. This includes Eurovision and national final stars, who have been giving their support to the efforts of firefighters and relief workers.

Eurovision stars react to the Australian bushfires

Dami Im (Australia 2016)

Australia’s Eurovision 2016 singer Dami Im set an example by donating AU$10,000 to the Australian Red Cross and urged her fans to support organisations working to help.

She wrote, “Watching the news I’ve been feeling so helpless. Noah and I are giving our support through the Red Cross. Let’s pray for rain and healing on our land and continue our support wherever we can.”

Guy Sebastian (Australia 2015)

Kate Miller Heidke (Australia 2019)

Katerine Duska (Greece 2019)

Tamta (Cyprus 2019)

Tamta’s post was part of a three-part set with “Australia” written in Greek, Georgian and Australian.

Lara Fabian (Luxembourg 1988)

Australian national final stars react to the bushfires

Sheppard (Australia Decides 2019)

Tania Doko (Australia Decides 2019)

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Devastating beyond words .. thanks for sharing the share @shaynnablaze .. please see the links below where you can make some small difference. The mother country keeps burning ? #Repost @shaynnablaze with @get_repost ??? This is so heartbreaking to see the animals that are part of the unique make up of this country we love. Thank you for this post @fuzzyard with all the places to donate and help. The scar will be for generations for the land and animals. Please help where you can. #Repost @fuzzyard with @get_repost ??? ?URGENT HELP NEEDED? ????????? This isn’t something we ever thought we’d be sharing and is more serious than our usual kind of content. ????????? It has headlined news outlets across the world, Australia is on fire. ????????? Our hearts break as reports of up to 500 million animals are feared to have died in the current bushfires that are ravaging Australia. Some species, already endangered, have now been pushed to the brink of near extinction. ????????? According to state fire authorities, more than 5.1 million hectares have already been lost. ????????? To put that in perspective, the 2019 fires in the Amazon rainforest burnt under a million hectares and California’s deadliest ever fire in 2018 burned about 62 053 hectares. ????????? Countless innocent lives and land have been lost and we are appealing to you. Below are some organisations that urgently need your help and support! ???? ????????? @wireswildliferescue – Website: https://www.wires.org.au ????????? @wildlifevictoria – Website: https://www.wildlifevictoria.org.au/ ????????? @wildtofree – Website: https://wild2free.org.au ????????? @portmacquariekoalahospital – Website: https://www.koalahospital.org.au ????????? @friends_of_the_koala – Website: https://www.friendsofthekoala.org ????????? Northern Rivers Wildlife Carers Inc, NSW www.wildlifecarers.com ????????? Koalas In Care Inc., NSW Website: www.koalasincare.org.au ????????? FAWNA NSW INC, Website: www.fawna.org.au ????????? @therescuecollective Website: www.therescuecollective.com ????????? @wildliferescue.sunshinecoast – Website: http://www.wildliferescuesunshinecoast.com.au/ – [email protected]_pelt @worldanimalnews_ @peace_4animals

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Ella Hooper (Australia Decides 2019)

Diana Rouvas (Australia Decides 2019)

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No words…. ? #prayingforrain

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Montaigne (Australia Decides 2020)

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At the moment, our government doesn’t seem like it’ll move on its climate policies or budget cuts to emergency services, so it’s up to you and me to give whatever we can to help firefighters, paid and volunteering, a chance to protect the people we love and the ecosystems we rely upon. At least 20 people are known to have died, half a billion animals have perished, and over a thousand homes lost. This trajectory won’t end for months. In my bio is a link to all options for donations to the RFS and other emergency services all over the affected areas. Thanks @naamanzhou for putting the list together, and thanks @nampix (Nick Moir) for photographing the fires in all their brutality, ferocity, and devastation. We should never look away.

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Vanessa Amorosi (Australia Decides 2020)

Our thoughts are with those who have been affected by the bushfires and those who to continue to work and help with firefighting and recovery efforts.

If you’d like to help, you can donate to the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery.

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Kim
Kim
6 months ago

I live on the Gold Coast. 2 weeks ago the smoke haze was so terrible you couldn’t see more than 50m in front of you.. At the time the fires were burning in northern NSW ( where 80% of the koala population and habitat in that area had been decimated.) This area is nearly 400kms away that’s how far the smoke travelled.We are expecting very little rain in Qld over the next few months. Not only is the country burning but we have very little water to put out the fires. The country is in a drought . Some one… Read more »

Rob
Rob
6 months ago

I’m sorry for those who can still stand behind him, but that PM has got to go! He let the people, animals and nature as a whole down. It’s just a disgrace!

Thoughts and a tremendous amount of love for the people who are affected! <3

Minerva
Minerva
6 months ago

My heart goes out to everyone affected in Australia. These huge fires are difficult to deal with and it will take such a long time to recover after they are put out as well. Personally, I am not convinced that the frequency and the magnitude of these fires in so many countries in recent years are down to climate change or super hot weather conditions.

Alybloggs
Alybloggs
6 months ago

Don’t lose hope, Australia

Tom
Tom
6 months ago

FLAME IS BURNING!! BUT
#le feu ne dure pas éternellement!!
#fire does not last forever!!

And there is a chorus from ESC 2018 Jessica Mauboy:

“I know, I know what you must be thinking
That we are powerless to change things
But don’t, don’t give up
‘Cause we got love, ’cause we got love
I won’t throw my hands up to surrender
‘CAUSE LOVE IS STRONGER THAN FIRE
So don’t, don’t give up
‘Cause we got love, ’cause we got love …

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
6 months ago

Poor animals 🙁

Azaad
Azaad
6 months ago

This is a global tragedy.

Roaring 20's are here
Roaring 20's are here
6 months ago
Reply to  Azaad

Yes, and Amazonian Forest too. Nobody talks about Amazon now, I hate when the news just drop out a topic and stop talking about it. Unfortunately Australia will be forgotten too. News are just business.

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
6 months ago

amazon fires are mostly fraudulent (their clown president allows that after all) while the ones in australia are the result of an exceptional weather situation aka climate change.

Roaring 20's are here
Roaring 20's are here
6 months ago

I know, but this is more reason to talk about Amazon. News are complicit if they don’t talk about Amazon. News are d i r t, they don’t really care. News should talk about Jair Bolsonaro if they care, but they don’t care about anything but ratings.

Jo.
Jo.
6 months ago

It’s rainy season in Amazonia, so the fire isn’t widespread now as it was few months ago.

Roaring 20's are here
Roaring 20's are here
6 months ago
Reply to  Jo.

Bolsonaro is everywhere.
Ricky Gervais is God.
What else?
Oh wait! Everybody else is an hypocrite.

Jo.
Jo.
6 months ago

Not sure what your point is, it’s rainy season in the Amazon and that’s beneficial against the fires, obviously.

Jessey
Jessey
6 months ago

Sending love from Europe!??

Colin
Colin
6 months ago

My heart goes out to Australia. This is absolutely devastating. I hope the effort will pay off as soon as possible. Hold on, Australia!

Nina
Nina
6 months ago

I live in Melbourne, a city that has been voted as the worlds most liveable numerous years in a row – yet today it is completely surrounded by smoke and a lingering fire smell…
Although I am physically not that close to the bushfires, it’s crazy to me how widespread these fires are, I honestly can’t comprehend it.

Gilad
Gilad
6 months ago

This is crushing my heart, to hear about this crazy numbers 500 milions of animals gone burn to their death, what an awfull start for 2020, bless you all and for better new for this decade.

Mr Vanilla Bean
6 months ago

The pictures of these precious koala bears are heartbreaking.

Sun
Sun
6 months ago

I really think we’re off to a bad start of 2020. Hope everything will be fine.

Roaring 20's are here
Roaring 20's are here
6 months ago

Poor animals, they will not have a home to go back to, if they survive. This is a tragedy in many ways. And who knows if we’ll not have ww3 as bonus for new year too.

Loin dici
6 months ago

Whilst Australia has fires, Indonesia has flash floods. What a way to start a decade 🙁 .

Tom
Tom
6 months ago
Reply to  Loin dici

In Europe mainly in the middle of the Europe some people died cause there is a lot of snow and car accidents …, so cold omg 🙁